Hot World Superbike racing continued under the Italian summer sun as Race 2 was underway at Misano on Sunday. The home track for Aprilia looked for Max Biaggi to try for another weekend double, but BMW and Troy Corser set themselves as the team to beat all weekend long. With Corser on the pole, The Emperor had his work cut out for himself, not to mention the fact that the majority of the top WSBK teams had tested at Misano, and brought their A-game this weekend. Check after the jump for all the spoilers, results, and video highlights.
Rocketing to the front of the first turn, Max Biaggi looked ready to set the tone for Race 2 at Misano, but Troy Corser answered mid-way through the chicane, taking the lead from the Italian. Carlos Checa would find his way through as well, as the pack settled in to their race pace. Corser wouldn’t be able to breakaway like he did in Race 1 though, as along with Checa and Biaggi, Michel Fabrizio, Leon Haslam, and Cal Crutchlow joined in on a six-way battle royal for the front.
Biaggi and Fabrizio would get past Checa in quick time, and once Biaggi saw open track in front of him, he lost contact with the trailing group. Battling for second place, the five riders fell off the pace, and let Biaggi walk away from them. With close passes throughout the race, there was a little something for any fans loyal to a particular vendor.
The most notable mention goes to Troy Corser, who rode another strong race on the BMW S1000RR…only to flub it in the closing turns. Running off the course, Corser ruined his chances for a top five finish, and instead slotted in at a disappointing tenth place.
Leon Haslam also had a strong race, and mitigated some of the damages from this weekend by finishing second, just ahead of Michel Fabrizio. However, Max Biaggi still took a weekend double, stretching his lead in the World Superbike Championship over Haslam to 37 points. WSBK races from Brno in two weeks, where Biaggi is a dominating force. Could another double be in the cards? Stay tuned race fans.
Results from Race 2 of World Superbike at Misano, San Marino:
|1||3||M. Biaggi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||–|
|2||91||L. Haslam||GBR||Suzuki GSX-R1000||4.095|
|3||84||M. Fabrizio||ITA||Ducati 1098R||4.631|
|4||35||C. Crutchlow||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||5.014|
|5||7||C. Checa||ESP||Ducati 1098R||6.256|
|6||50||S. Guintoli||FRA||Suzuki GSX-R1000||7.677|
|7||67||S. Byrne||GBR||Ducati 1098R||10.144|
|8||99||L. Scassa||ITA||Ducati 1098R||10.942|
|9||41||N. Haga||JPN||Ducati 1098R||13.640|
|10||11||T. Corser||AUS||BMW S1000 RR||16.279|
|11||2||L. Camier||GBR||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||17.799|
|12||65||J. Rea||GBR||Honda CBR1000RR||22.793|
|13||57||L. Lanzi||ITA||Ducati 1098R||24.131|
|14||76||M. Neukirchner||GER||Honda CBR1000RR||28.212|
|15||77||C. Vermeulen||AUS||Kawasaki ZX 10R||36.551|
|16||66||T. Sykes||GBR||Kawasaki ZX 10R||49.636|
|17||23||B. Parkes||AUS||Honda CBR1000RR||50.041|
|18||95||R. Hayden||USA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||51.246|
|19||15||M. Baiocco||ITA||Kawasaki ZX 10R||58.174|
|20||90||F. Sandi||ITA||Aprilia RSV4 1000 F.||1’10.588|
|RET||52||J. Toseland||GBR||Yamaha YZF R1||14 Laps|
|RET||111||R. Xaus||ESP||BMW S1000 RR||17 Laps|
|RET||96||J. Smrz||CZE||Ducati 1098R||22 Laps|